Friday, October 28, 2016

The Vindicator, by Matthew Hughes

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(High Fantasy; Raffalon) As a thief, Raffalon has made a few enemies, but he didn't think anyone was mad enough to hire an assassin. (13,610 words; Time: 45m)

Rating: ★★★☆☆ Average
Recommended By: SFRevu:5

Although this story stands on its own, over the years, there have been seven other stories about the adventures of Raffalon the thief. The author intends to issue them as a collection in 2017.

"The Vindicator," by (edited by C.C. Finlay), appeared in issue 11-12|16, published on by .

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Pro: From the very start, we see that Raffalon needs to relocate. His career has stalled, and he's alienated the top people in his guild. From there, it's a steady process of adventure and discovery all the way to the amusing end, with flaming bits of debris falling all over the city.

The story has numerous amusing moments, and it's elegant that Raffalon is the thief who stole the portal pieces in the first place.

Con: Raffalon is too passive. This is Cascor and Ioveana's story; Raffalon is just along for the ride.

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